72 Hour Kits Revisited: Part 1 of 2

72 Hour Kits, Disaster Kits
Today we're sharing ideas about making your own 72 hour kits, and then some options for purchasing them at the end of the post. 72 hour kits are useful for the first 72 hours following some type of emergency/natural disaster. Often times they are used in scenarios where you have to evacuate your home. If you could stick around your home, I'd hope you have more then 3 days worth of food- but that's another story. 72 hour kits typically contain supplies for dealing with disasters along with food and water. Today we're sharing a list of supplies and some great tips we got from reader submissions. Thursday we will be sharing food ideas, along with a planning guide you can use to customize the food in your kits to…
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Added Emergency Preparedness Pages

72 Hour Kits, Disaster Kits, Emergency Preparedness, General
As we promised on Tuesday, we have now added three sub-pages to the new Emergency Preparedness tab. To check them out, simply click on "Emerg Prep" at the top of our site. Then click on each of these three icons to learn more about each area of emergency preparedness that is covered in our comprehensive Emergency Preparedness Plan.      Don't forget that all of this information can be found in our Emergency Preparedness Plan Workbook which contains simple checklists to help you develop your family’s emergency plan (download in excel format or pdf format).
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More 72 Hour Kit Food Ideas

72 Hour Kits
One of the first things we teach you when you are getting started with your food storage is to get an Emergency Preparedness Plan in place. This includes having a Disaster Kit containing 72 Hour Food Kits for every member of your family. In our Getting Started section we have given a great example of how to make a 72 Hour Food Kit using a milk jug. We have always encouraged people to modify this kit to suit the needs of their own family and situation, but people have written asking us for more help with that. So we have come up with a few options which will hopefully be helpful for everyone. Pick the option that works best for you! Detailed Instructions: If you want it laid out for…
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How To Make a Coffee Can Heater

Alternate heating/cooling, Car Kits, Emergency Preparedness
As part of our Emergency Preparedness Plan we include a list of items to include in a "Car Kit". This is a kit that you keep in your car with useful items in case you have a road-side emergency. One of the items we recommend is a "coffee can heater" and we have had quite a few people ask us for clarification on what that is, so here is the answer will full instructions of course :) How to Make a Coffee Can Heater - Video How to Make a Coffee Can Heater – Instructions Step 1: Clean out an old coffee can (if you don't drink coffee, any large can will do ... just make sure it has a lid!) Step 2: Remove the cardboard center from a roll…
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Water and 72 Hour Kit Reminders

72 Hour Kits, Disaster Kits
This is a friendly reminder from Food Storage Made Easy to take care of some of your "maintenance items" this weekend. If you are a member of the LDS Church we like to recommend that you take care of these things on conference weekend since it is a consistent event every six months. If you are not LDS, never fear, we will make sure to do a blog post around this time every six months as well. So make sure you are subscribed to our RSS feeds so you don't miss a single post! Step 2: Water Empty out your water jugs, check for leaks or cracks Refill the jugs with fresh water and add bleach if your water is not chlorinated Purchase a new bottle of bleach for emergency…
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72 Hour/Disaster Kits for Babies/Toddlers

72 Hour/Disaster Kits for Babies/Toddlers

72 Hour Kits, Disaster Kits, Getting Started
Due to popular demand, we have put together a comprehensive list of things you may want to consider including in your disaster kit if you have babies or toddlers at home. Remember these are only guidelines, and you should customize everything to suit the needs of your own family. Hopefully we will be able to get these ideas incorporated into our Emergency Preparedness Plan eventually so it's all in one place! If you have an infant or a toddler at home, consider including these items as you put together your disaster and 72 hour kits for your family: Instant formula. Make sure to buy the kind you do not need to mix with water. Also, track expiration dates and rotate through them frequently. 5 small bottles for the formula. You…
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How to Create an Emergency Binder

Disaster Kits
What is an Emergency Binder? As we talk about under Getting Started, each family should have a disaster kit put together which includes things like first aid items, 72 hour food kits, extra outfits, etc. An emergency binder is an integral part of this kit. Basically you ask yourself this question: Would I be frustrated or mad if I lost this item in an earthquake, flood, or other emergency situation? What should I include in my Emergency Binder? birth certificates passports social security cards copies of your credit cards front and back homeowners insurance policy auto insurance policy life insurance policy bank statements retirement statements internet passwords (banking, personal, work etc) immunization records utility statements work/tax documents that would be difficult to replace CASH - keep a variety of small…
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